June 27th, 2012
Yokohama BayStars 4
Streak: Won 2 Last 5: WLDWW
(Ohnoyama Baseball Stadium, Naha, Okinawa)
|W: Tateyama (5-5); L: Gio (1-6)|
Sunny Okinawa continued to be kind to the Swallows, who managed to put together a couple of big innings in the middle of a firing range, led by Milledge and Hatakeyama, who went 4 for 4 with a walk. Of course, Yokohama’s trouble bringing their many base runners home helped, too.
|1||Milledge (LF)||1||Kajitani (SS)|
|2||Tanaka (2B)||2||Ishikawa (2B)|
|3||Kawabata (SS)||3||Nakamura (1B)|
|4||Hatakeyama (1B)||4||Ramirez (LF)|
|5||Balentien (RF)||5||Tsutsugo (3B)|
|6||Miyamoto (3B)||6||Kinjoh (RF)|
|7||Matsui (CF)||7||Aranami (CF)|
|8||Aikawa (C)||8||Tsuruoka (C)|
|9||Tateyama (P)||9||Gio (P)|
|RP||Yamamoto, Hidaka, Oshimoto||RP||Kikuchi, Hayashi, Ushida, Kosugi, Yamaguchi|
There were hits all over, but the scoring started in the fourth, when Hatakeyama was walked and Balentien and Miyamoto both singled to load the bases. Matsui struck out, but Gio then walked Aikawa, giving the Birds a run with the bases still loaded. He then did the same thing to Tateyama, giving Tokyo another run. Needless to say, that was the end of Gio’s game.
Kikuchi took over pitching duties for the BayStars and promptly gave up a two-RBI single to Milledge. 4-0 Tokyo.
Yokohama got one back with a solo home run by Rami-chan in the bottom of the fourth. 4-1 Tokyo.
In the seventh, Uchimura came in at second base for the BayStars and made a consequential play pretty quickly. With one out, Kawabata doubled to right field, but made it to third on an Uchimura flub. Hatake then hit an RBI double, followed by a Balentien RBI pop fly.
Miyamoto was walked and replaced on the base paths by fleet-footed Miwa. Fukuchi made it worthwhile by cracking an RBI double on the hit and run. Aikawa singled Fukuchi in after that, making it 8-1 Tokyo.
In the bottom of the seventh, a hit by Kinjoh followed two outs later by a Morimoto RBI, then a Kajitani hit and an Ishikawa two-RBI hit made it 8-4 Tokyo.
In the eighth, Milledge singled, Tanaka sac-bunted him over, Kawabata moved him to third with a single, and Hatake drove him home with a line-drive single to right. 9-4 Tokyo, Final.
The Swallows have a travel day before hosting the Tigers on Friday.